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Predictions: CFL News Hub Writers’ Week 3 Picks

Predictions from the writers of CFL News Hub for week 3 of the CFL. The week will open up with the Montreal Alouettes hosting the Ottawa RedBlacks in their home opener. We will also see a rematch of last year’s Western Final as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the BC Lions on Friday. The week will wrap up with the Saskatchewan Roughriders hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a rematch of last week’s meeting which is the game this week our writers are the most torn in predicting who the victor will be.

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Ottawa RedBlacks (1-0) @ Montreal Alouettes (2-0)

Thursday, June 20, 7:30 PM Eastern, Montreal, QC, TSN (Canada), CFL + (USA), CFL+ (Global)

Montreal Alouettes (2-0) Week 3 Preview vs Ottawa RedBlacks (1-0): Prediction, Depth Chart, Injuries, Odds by Jonathan Clink

The reigning Grey Cup Champions finally return to the nest after playing their first 2 games on the road. Montreal is riding a 10-game winning streak. Over their past 5 games, they have only allowed 1 passing touchdown while they have racked up 10 interceptions. Ottawa is coming off a close win in their home opener last week over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Montreal quarterback Cody Fajardo is coming off a 269-yard game with 2 touchdowns. Dru Brown had 238 passing yards and a touchdown in his debut as a RedBlack after playing his first 2 seasons for Winnipeg.

Writer’s Pick: 89% Montreal

BC Lions (1-1) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-2)

Friday, June 21, 8:30 PM Eastern, Winnipeg, MB, TSN (Canada), CFL + (USA), CFL+ (Global)

BC Lions (1-1) Week 3 Preview vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-2): Prediction, Depth Chart, Injuries, Odds by Jonathan Clink

BC and Winnipeg will meet on Friday in a rematch of last year’s Western Final. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers return to Winnipeg after a loss on the road to Ottawa. Winnipeg has started the season with 2 losses after going all of last year without losing 2 consecutive games in a row. The BC Lions are coming off of a win in their home opener over the Calgary Stampeders.

BC’s Vernon Adams Jr. has completed 67.7% of his passes for 640 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception. Winnipeg’s Zach Collaros has had a slow start to his season compared to what we have seen in recent years. Collaros has completed just 54.7% of his passes fro 494 yards without a touchdown and 3 interceptions over his first 2 games.

Writer’s Pick: 78% BC

Edmonton Elks (0-2) @ Toronto Argonauts (1-0)

Saturday, June 22, 7:00 PM Eastern, Toronto, ON, TSN (Canada), CBS Sports Network (USA), CFL+ (Global)

CFL Week 3: Edmonton Elks (0-2) at Toronto Argonauts (1-0), Preview, Odds, Injury Report, Prediction by Dino Sepe

The Edmonton Elks look to be a much-improved team since last season but are still looking for their first win after 2 close losses to open the season. They will have a strong test as they face Toronto on the road. Toronto is coming off of a bye week. Week 1 saw the Argos win over BC in a game in which their pass rush dominated.

So far this season Edmonton’s McLeod Bethel-Thompson has 636 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions over 2 games. Toronto’s Cameron Dukes completed 21 of his 27 passes for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns in week 1.

Writer’s Pick: 67% Toronto

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-2) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-0)

Sunday, June 23, 7:00 PM Eastern, Regina, SK, TSN (Canada), CBS Sports Network (USA), CFL+ (Global)

CFL Week 3: Can Hamilton Overcome their “Invisible Wall” at Saskatchewan? by Aaron Sauter

Roughriders Look To Remain Undefeated In Home Opener Against Tiger-Cats by Coty Wiles

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look for revenge as they face the Roughriders in Saskatchewan in week 3. Week 2 saw Hamilton host Saskatchewan which ended with the Riders winning on a game-winning field goal from Brett Lauther following a late-game interception that occurred off of a rare Tim White drop although they’ve been more often lately.

Saskatchewan’s Trevor Harris currently leads the league in passing yards with 695 yards and 5 touchdowns with 2 interceptions over 2 games. Hamilton’s Bo Levi Mitchell is close behind him in 2nd with 680 yards and 4 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. Both quarterbacks currently have a 71.1 completion percentage.

Writer’s Pick: 56% Hamilton

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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